4 Things Doctors And Hospital Staff Can Do To Protect Patients And Preserve The Power Of Antibiotics
Unlike other medications, the potential for spread of resistant organisms means that the misuse of antibiotics can adversely impact the health of patients who are not even exposed to them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms, resulting in approximately 23,000 deaths annually. In this video, CDC Director CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH addresses the 4 things doctors and hospital staff can do to protect patients and preserve the power of antibiotics.
The March 2014 Vital Signs report discusses prescribing antibiotics in hospitals. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses how antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing decisions also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses the best strategies to use when prescribing antibiotics.
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Tom: There are four things doctors
and other hospital staff can do to protect patients
and preserve the power of antibiotics.
First, prescribe antibiotics correctly.
Get cultures, start treatment promptly
and only when needed, use the right drug
at the right dose for the right duration,
reassess prescriptions within 48 hours
based on test results and patient status.
Second, document the dose, duration
and indication for every single antibiotic prescription.
Third, be aware of, and adjust your prescribing,
to match antibiotic resistance patterns in your facility.